Café des Sciences: Scientific View on COVID-19

Join us at this webinar to learn from two Swiss epidemiologists, experts on infectious diseases, and gain knowledge on viruses and COVID-19, specifically its transmission, severity, and pandemic risk. The Q&A session allows interaction between the experts and the audience.

Event Details

Date

20 February 2020, 16:00 - 17:00

Cost

Free, RSVP required

The novel coronavirus COVID-19 has kept a tight grip on China with a large number of confirmed patients and casualties, eliciting firm travel restrictions in order to keep the contagion in check. These necessary measures greatly impact our daily lives, even on a global scale.

The fast emergence of COVID-19 means that current understanding of its transmission patterns, severity, clinical features and risk factors for infection remains limited, while contradictory information on the virus is almost ubiquitous. We have learnt about masks, gloves, sanitizers, and self-quarantine; yet the science behind COVID-19 and our practices remains vague.

Therefore, join us at this webinar to learn from two Swiss epidemiologists, experts on infectious diseases, and gain knowledge on viruses and COVID-19, specifically its transmission, severity, and pandemic risk. The Q&A session allows interaction between the experts and the audience.


Event Rundown

 

16:00 Webinar starts
16:00 – 16:05 Opening Remarks

Dr. Felix Moesner, Science Consul & CEO at swissnex China

16:05 – 16:30 Presentation

Dr. Christian Althaus, Head of Research Group, Immuno-Epidemiology Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM), University of Bern

16:30 – 16:55 Q&A Session

Dr. Christian Althaus

Prof. Dr. Pietro Vernazza, Head of Division Infectious Diseases and Hospital Epidemiology, Department of Medicine, Cantonal Hospital St. Gallen, Switzerland

16:55 – 17:00 End Note

Dr. Felix Moesner


Speakers

 

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Christian Althaus

Head of Research Group, Immuno-Epidemiology

Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM), University of Bern

Dr. Christian Althaus is a computational epidemiologist and research group leader at the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine at the University of Bern, Switzerland. He graduated from Biology at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, and obtained a Ph.D. in Theoretical Biology at Utrecht University (The Netherlands). He uses mathematical and computational modeling in combination with data analyses to investigate how the population biology of infectious diseases is affected by environmental changes, dynamic patterns of host immunity, or public health interventions. Dr. Althaus is a renowned expert for outbreaks of emerging infectious diseases and has published several key studies on the spread of Ebola, MERS and the novel coronavirus COVID-19.

 

Guest Speaker

Prof. Dr. Pietro Vernazza

Head of Division Infectious Diseases and Hospital Epidemiology,

Department of Medicine, Cantonal Hospital St. Gallen, Switzerland

Dr. Pietro Vernazza received his training in infectious diseases at UNC Chapel Hill, NC after his Internal medicine training in St. Gallen in 1991-93. His research focused on the sexual transmission of HIV. Since 2000 he is and head of the ID Division at the KSSG, St. Gallen, Switzerland. From 2008 to 2015 he was the president of the Swiss commission on sexual health, this commission developed the “Swiss Statement” on non-infectiousness during HIV treatment, issued in January 2008. His field of research is focussed on infectiousness of sexually transmitted diseases, especially HIV. Pietro Vernazza committed scores of national and international HIV-studies. He serves as a medical advisor for the Federal Office of Public Health in issues related to infectious diseases and public health.


Café des Sciences

Shanghai | Every third Thursday each month

Café des Sciences is a new format at swissnex China offering a monthly platform for Swiss Spotlight Scientists and Startups to present their projects and connect with the local community. The lectures will offer a casual setting in which speakers can present their work and engage with the attendees during a Q&A period. Audiences are welcomed to enjoy the networking reception with Swiss flavour after the talk. The lecture is scheduled to take place every third Thursday each month at swissnex China or our partner spaces. To view past events, please click here

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